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In last week’s Nintendo Direct presentation, Nintendo of America president Doug Bowser was given the chance to introduce himself to fans around the world.

That, of course, came with a lighthearted gag at the unlikelihood of his surname matching Nintendo’s most recognizable villain.

On the special E3 2019 Nintendo Power Podcast episode, Bowser has shared a fun inside story about the process of filming his interaction with King Koopa.

“That was a lot of fun. Just a little inside story: as we were filming that – it was funny – obviously we didn’t have a CG Bowser in the room. We had someone in a blue suit with a big pole coming out of the top of his head and a piece of tape really high up, and those were meant to be Bowser’s eyes,” Bowser explained.

“And so, as we were obviously engaging with that particular person, we were supposed to be looking up at the eyes. I can’t tell you how many takes we had to do, because I kept staring at the actual eyes of the actor instead of way up to Bowser’s eyes. I basically kept talking to Bowser’s chest.”

Alex Seedhouse

Alex Seedhouse

After starting out with a Yellow Game Boy and a copy of Donkey Kong Land, Alex once hid in his room to play The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time one Christmas. Now he shares his thoughts on Nintendo Insider, keeping track of everything to do with Nintendo.